YEREVAN BESTSELLER 4/58: Flowers For Algernon by David Keyes debuts in the list
YEREVAN, APRIL 28, ARMENPRESS. This week’s ARMENPRESS exclusive Yerevan Bestseller list is topped by Edgar Harutyunyan’s Unfound Chamomiles collection.
This is the second book of the author. Unfound Chamomiles is about human relationship, love, friendship and betrayal.
Mark Aren’s Where Wild Roses Bloom is ranked second.
The story describes the inner world of an Armenophobic Turkish former serviceman, when he, already an old man, suddenly hears a lullaby song that reminds him of his mother and later finds out that the song is in Armenian: realizing his parents were Armenians. He spends his remaining life searching the graves of his parents, without knowing that it was a misunderstanding.
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture Of Dorian Gray comes next in the bestselling list of the week. Dorian Gray is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist who is impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty; he believes that Dorian's beauty is responsible for the new mode in his art as a painter. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic worldview: that beauty and sensual fulfillment are the only things worth pursuing in life.
Flowers For Algernon by David Keyes is 4th in the list. The short story, written in 1958 and first published in the April 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1960.
Edgar Harutyunyan’s The Art of Devotion or Ode to Rose remains 5th in the list, just like last week.
Armen Sargsyan’s Instead of Unread Books collection has returned to the bestseller list and is ranked 6th.
Stefan Zweig’s Collected Stories comes next. Zweig was an Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. At the height of his literary career, in the 1920s and 1930s, he was one of the most popular writers in the world. The book was translated by Ara Arakelyan and Margarit Arakelyan.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is ranked 8th in the list. It is a 2006 Holocaust novel by Irish novelist John Boyne. Unlike the months of planning Boyne devoted to his other books, he said that he wrote the entire first draft of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in two and a half days, barely sleeping until he got to the end.
Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese is next. Published on September 8, 1998, Who Moved My Cheese is a motivational business fable. The text describes change in one's work and life, and four typical reactions to those changes by two mice and two "little people," during their hunt for cheese. A New York Times business bestseller upon release, Who Moved My Cheese? remained on the list for almost five years and spent over 200 weeks on Publishers Weekly's hardcover nonfiction list. It has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide in 37 languages and remains one of the best-selling business books.
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse is ranked 10th this week. Originally published in Germany in 1927, it was first translated into English in 1929. Combining autobiographical and psychoanalytic elements, the novel was named after the lonesome canid of the steppes, coyote. The story in large part reflects a profound crisis in Hesse's spiritual world during the 1920s while memorably portraying the protagonist's split between his humanity and his wolf-like aggression and homelessness
The following bookstores took part in a survey for the bestseller project: Bookinist (53-74-13), Narek (51 91 36), Zangak (23 26 49) and “Armenian Book” (54-07-06).
Yerevan Bestseller presented by Angela Hambardzumyan